By Michael F. Bird:
The World was Made For Us to Reign Over It
In terms of the biblical narrative, I think it helps if we remember that we are consistently given a picture of God’s intention to make humanity his vice-regents who will reign with him and for him over the world. This was the role of Adam in Eden, Israel in Canaan, and the church in Christ’s kingdom . . . .
What is no less interesting is how two very different texts, both post-70 AD, 4 Ezra and the Shepherd of Hermas, treat creation as made explicitly for them to rule over it.. . . .In which case, I think it safe to say, that “salvation,” in its eschatological coordinates, has to include the notion of creaturely participation in God’s rule over all things.
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5 thoughts on “Oh my god! People still believe these ancient myths”
Hey Neil, I can’t say how it is at your house, but the weeds are taking over my yard!.
“Carrying on as god-ordained supremacists” is what gives these people self-empowerment, which then often translates into social, financial, and political empowerment. Why would anyone voluntarily give up such power?
Bird has form
Humans have always had to lie to themselves to mask their insecurity.